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SI 501 Fall 2023: Contextual Inquiry and Consulting Foundations (Drinking Water)

This guide provides resources for SI 501 students working on their background research project

Statistics on Local Communities

US Statistics

The United States government produces a large amount of data.  A list of agencies that compile statistics can be found here

Finding Statistics on Nonprofit Organizations


GuideStar's database contains data on more than 900,000 public charities, approximately 118,000 private foundations, and nearly half a million other exempt organizations in the United States. Federal 990 forms can be accessed through Guidestar. 

Kresge Business Library - Guide to Nonprofits and NGOs

Resources compiled by librarians from U-M Kresge Business Library. Categories include links to nonprofit organizations, nonprofit databases, and freely available resources related to financial management, regulations, board governance and fundraising.

National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS)
U.S. Nonprofit Sector - links to stats on NCCS site

Foundation Stats
The Foundation Center provides this free database where you can find data on grants given per year, including dollar value of those grants, by subject areas. This database also allows you to view data by population groups and recepient location. Additional statistics include aggregate grant fiscal data and top grant givers. 

The Nonprofit Almanac 2012
Provides data from 2000 to 2010 on financial and employment trends in the nonprofit sector and attempts to evaluate the role of nonprofits in the U.S. economy.

Blackbaud - Nonprofit Industry Research
Blackbaud is a publically traded company which provides software, services and training to nonprofits.

Library Databases for Nonprofit Statistics

  • Statista
    Simple to use database with statistical charts, graphs and tables, studies and reports
  • ProQuest - Statistical Insight - An index to international, national, state and local statistics produced by governments, business and research organizations
  • ReferenceUSA - Search for nonprofit organizations by SIC code (SIC 839998 = Non-profit Organizations).

Statistics on State and Local Governments